Presidents / Chief Executives
All Banks / DFIs
on Stress Testing
you are aware, measuring, monitoring and controlling various
types of risks is vital for ensuring the financial health
of a financial institution as well as the entire system.
For this purpose, financial institutions around the globe
are increasingly employing sophisticated techniques for
managing risks. Stress testing is one such technique that
has been used to assess risk exposures across the institution
and to estimate the changes in the value of the portfolio,
if exposed to various risk factors.
Bank, in pursuance of its goal to further strengthen the
country’s banking system, has also designed a stress-testing
framework for banks and DFIs to proactively manage risks.
For this purpose, and to ensure consistency, the State Bank
has prepared a set of guidelines for banks and DFIs. Keeping
in view the divergence of skill level and available resources
among banks and DFIs, the model, initially, focuses on “Simple
Sensitivity Analysis”. However, with the increasing
know-how and availability of more data the model will over
time undergo further refinement.
banks and DFIs are advised to carry out the stress test,
as per the attached guidelines, from the year ending December
31, 2005. In this respect, they shall also submit a report
on the format attached as Annex -II to the guidelines, within
45 days of the close of year ending December 31, 2005, alongwith
a soft copy to the Banking Supervision Department (BSD).
Subsequently, the stress test will be carried out semi-annually
i.e. on June 30, and December 31 of each year and results
will be submitted to the BSD within 45 days of the close
of each half year.